[IAEP] OERs and textbook replacement
vtaylor at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 23:54:10 EDT 2011
Replacing textbooks with OERs makes a lot of sense. There are now many
OERs but there isn't any systematic catalog of OERs to relate them to
curriculum. Most educators who would use them don't.
A cross reference with curriculum and a robust index / retrieval
system would provide the "big picture" - what OERs are currently
available, how they map to the Replacing Textbooks vision of
curriculum for all, what is missing, where there are works in progress
and the status. This needs to be really up-to-date and easy to update.
And of course, open software.
The OERs live where ever works for the creators. Sugar Labs,
WikiEducator and others make open space available. The curriculum
mapping could include outlines, vocabularies, and categories. Peer
reviews and ratings, librarian / curator function for tags and
categories would be helpful, too. The educator community can help by
identifying and adding entries for OERs,
Ideally, any educator could query the collection by many of several
criteria and get links to a few good curriculum-appropriate OERs. Then
educators would be more likely to use OERs and move toward replacing
* big picture - what is available, what is needed, work in
progress, requests for collaboration
* curriculum outlines - identify what is needed
* existing OERs - find, categorize, dynamic / real-time map to big picture
* identify gaps - so work can be directed to create missing
* manage volunteers efforts - guidelines, questions
On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM, Tim McNamara
<paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
> Are you able to expand your thoughts once you get to a computer?
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